Monday, September 24, 2012

Carving Stamps and Art Journaling

It was a very busy weekend with little Miss Z. I must say her vocabulary has exploded over the past couple of weeks. She is extremely vocal and quite easy to understand in most cases. I particularly love how if she bumps herself or falls down, she either comes over with knitted brows with the injured part to be kissed or quickly says, "OK!" And she is becoming quite a little tease with a nice sense of humor. Though I will surely miss the baby stage, this little girl stage is quite endearing.

Yesterday after I took her home, I went to Michael's to buy a few things. For one thing, I was out of Gel Medium (I swear as fast as I go through it, I should be buying gel large!! :-) ) and I wanted to try to find some clear gesso. I was successful in finding each, but I had to get Liquitex for both as they didn't have any Golden in stock. This will be my first time using gel medium that is not Golden and I will let you know how it goes. I also had to try some of the new Liquitex spray paint that is water based. I read about it on someone's blog and knew I had to try it. It is quite expensive so I didn't get lots of it, but I had a coupon so it seemed like a good time to try it. I hope to work with that today and show you the results tomorrow. It is supposed to be low odor and lightfast with easy clean up.

 Before I left, I worked a bit more on the two pages I shared last time, but because I'd run out of gel medium, I used PPA, a medium that I particularly like, but apparently I left it too wet because when I put the waxed paper over it to weight the glued pieces a part of one of them came off on it.

I then spent some time looking for images to carve and found a lovely lily pad that I liked so that is what I tried. Here is the beginning of a two page spread.

And here is what the stamp looks like. Now I think I have to find a small frog image to try.

I told you about my estimated delivery for the new camera I ordered. I did some more research and found there was a Canon (my favorite camera brand to date) with a 20x optical zoom with a better rating overall that was about the same price and was in stock. I cancelled the Minolta and ordered the Canon and am expecting delivery in about a week.

Here is what it looks like:

And here are the features:

Product Features

Color: Green
  • 12.1 MP High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 20x Optical Zoom, 25mm Wide-Angle lens, and Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1080 Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button
  • Smart AUTO with 58 predefined shooting situations with new FACE ID, High-Speed Burst HQ for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames
  • GPS tracker to record image locations on a map via Canon's software
  • 3-inch LCD display
  • And it only weighs 8.2 ounces

I can't wait to try it and will share the experience with you.

Meanwhile, today I have my conditioning class followed by the core on the floor segment, after which I hope to spend some time out in the hubster's workshop trying out my new spray paints in my art journal. Later today I am picking up Miss P at school and we are going to spend a couple of hours together while her sister is at dance class. This will be our routine on the last Monday of each month while she is in school. I may take her to the new Scrapbooking place on M-60 to get some ideas for her poster making and art journaling.

What about you? What do you have planned for the day? Does it include some kind of creative activity? Do share.....



  1. I have a very similar little Canon, including the color, and I LOVE it. So versatile and easy to use -- one fun feature is the selective color. My younger grandson just turned one and is now officially a toddler. I'll miss the baby stage, but I love watching their language develop. Such fun, isn't it?

  2. Wow! Where to start ~ lots of art toys at Michaels ~ Journal pages are very creative and new camera sounds delightful! Fun with grandchildren ~ (A Creative Harbor)
    PS ~ thanks for your wonderful help with intuitive painting ~ will try working on it today hopefully ~ if not soon!

    Today ~ will work on trying to finish up journal for Sketchbook Project ~ laundry day and weather is great ~ so usual walk with ArtMuseDog and hope to go to 2nd hand bookstore and pick up art book I saw this weekend and didn't get ~ Happy Creating to you ^_^

  3. Let us know how you like the new gel medium. Always fun to get new goodies!

    I have a Canon. It's not that fancy, but I love it. :)

    I'm at the end of my day and have been cleaning and organizing. ;)

  4. Your stamps are really nice, and it's always fun to see your art journal. You've been doing some very interesting and creative things in it! hugs, nancy

  5. Nice Camera! Hope you enjoy! Good luck with the paint and Gel mediums. Sounds like fun.

  6. Great Camera! Enjoy! the gel medium and Spray paint.